The multi-character superhero universe planned by DC has received a boost with Joseph Gordon-Levitt officially signed up for the Sandman movie. Levitt confirmed his involvement in the project, tweeting on Monday, December 16:
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude.”
Unfortunately we have no idea which role he will depict, but earlier reports suggest that he was in talks to star in, direct and produce the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman comic book classic. Sandman is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed horror /fantasy comics of the second half of the century. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman weaves the story of a man interested in capturing the physical manifestation of Death but who instead captures the King of Dreams. A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine.
A Sandman movie had been in development since the mid-’90s with Roger Avary attached to direct. The idea was later scraped to focus on a potential small screen release, but nothing came of it. We will finally have the opportunity to see a big screen adaptation of the “Sandman” courtesy of Warner Bros. developing “a series of lower-prominence comic books” for “relatively lower budget movies”. “Suicide Squad,”. “Booster Gold,” “Deathstroke” and “Team 7” might be heading to the silver screen as well.
Gordon-Levitt can be seen next in the Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller helmed “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”
Additional Source: Deadline.com